Category: Dunwoody Reporter

State declares drought condition, urges water conservation

State officials have declared most of Georgia, including DeKalb and Fulton counties, to be in a drought condition. They urge residents not to waste water and stick to conservation laws about such activities as lawn-watering. The drought declaration follows a dry and hot month of September. Rain has returned to the local area, but more rain will be needed to catch up. The “Level 1” drought declaration by the state Environmental Protection Division does not come with any new restrictions on water use. It only requires water utilities to notify customers about the need to conserve water under existing...

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Parents raise concerns about redistricting for new Doraville United school

Recommendations to redistrict only a small number of students from Brookhaven elementary schools to the new Doraville United Elementary School does nothing to relieve overcrowding and instead breaks up a community, parents said at an Oct. 16 meeting. Parents said they did a support a plan to move students from Hightower Elementary to the new school to alleviate overcrowding at Dunwoody schools. The new, 950-seat Doraville United school, formerly known as Cross Keys North, will open in August 2020 at 3630 Shallowford Road. The new school is expected to ease overcrowded conditions at Ashford Park, Cary Reynolds, Dresden, Huntley...

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GDOT announces road closures for Transform 285/400 work through Oct. 25

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 ramp closures Oct. 24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed.  Ga. 400 lane closures Oct. 25-Oct. 28, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes on Ga. 400 southbound from Hammond Drive to I-285 Glenridge Drive closures Oct. 22-24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. I-285 lane closures...

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State agency seeks public feedback on regional transit projects

The new state agency working on a metro Atlanta regional transit plan is seeking public input on nearly $30 billion in proposed projects, including toll lanes along the top end of I-285. The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, or ATL, is holding a “District Download” public meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at Sandy Springs City Hall, 1 Galambos Way, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There residents can view the recommended projects for the District 3 area and give feedback. Reporter Newspapers communities are covered by Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5.  The ATL is a new authority coordinating service and...

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Dunwoody business owners get reprieve to pay off lapsed taxes

The city of Dunwoody is granting a one-time opportunity for businesses to pay off lapsed occupational taxes without penalties or interest. The amnesty program runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 22. Registered and unregistered businesses in Dunwoody must fill out occupational tax certificate applications, also known as business licenses, and pay taxes for all past due years by Nov. 22 to avoid paying penalties. For multiple years, businesses must complete a form for each year. “This program is to assist businesses that owe back taxes and bring their accounts current,” said Dunwoody Assistant City Manager Jay Vinicki in a press...

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Dunwoody may ban religious symbols from city buildings

Requests to set up a Nativity scene at Dunwoody City Hall resulted in a new policy that would ban all religious symbols from most areas of city buildings. Doing so would ensure the city is not accused of endorsing one religion over another and possibly violating the Constitution, according to the city attorney. “This is still a hotly contested issue,” City Attorney Bill Riley told the mayor and City Council at its Oct. 14 meeting. “I drafted a policy that steers us away from all that … from the endorsement of religion debate. I don’t want us to get...

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Local legislators’ town hall set for Oct. 21 in Brookhaven

DeKalb County residents wanting to learn more about what is going on in the state legislature can attend an Oct. 21 town hall at Brookhaven City Hall to get updates from local legislators. State Rep. Sally Harrell, whose district includes Brookhaven and Dunwoody, and state Rep. Matthew Wilson of Brookhaven whose district includes a portion of Sandy Springs, are hosting the DeKalb County Legislative Delegation town hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. Both legislators are Democrats. The town hall will include a recap of the General Assembly’s 2019 session as well as...

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Dunwoody slows pace on proposed law to add protections for cyclists, pedestrians

Dunwoody City Council members pulled the levers Oct. 14 to slow the pace on passage of a proposed ordinance to add protections to cyclists and pedestrians beyond what state law requires. The council voted at 5-1 to wait until November before voting on the proposed “vulnerable road user” law. If approved, Dunwoody would become the first city in Georgia with a VRU. Councilmember Tom Lambert, sponsor of the legislation, voted against deferral because he wanted to vote Oct. 14. Councilmember Pam Tallmadge was absent. The law would mirror much of what the state law says when it comes to...

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Community tailgate comes to Dunwoody Village Oct. 19

Beer, burgers, football on a big screen, lawn games and a DJ spinning party favorites will all be part of an all-day community tailgate party on Oct. 19 in Dunwoody Village. The new, free event is part of an effort by some community activists to show support for city-backed efforts to find new ways to transform the Village into a true city center. The Dunwoody Community Tailgate runs from 1 to 11 p.m. and will be held on the lawn area lined with oak trees adjacent to Marlow’s Tavern and Karen Cannon Realtors at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway. Regency...

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Halloween events offer scares and family fun

Before Halloween arrives on Oct. 31, several local events are celebrating ahead of time. Haunted HalloweenFriday, Oct. 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. A haunted house event across the Atlanta History Center grounds, with gentler Halloween fun for the children in the main building. Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com Haunted Sandy SpringsFriday, Oct. 25, 6:30-10:30 p.m. With live music, costume contest, food trucks, psychic readings, fire pit, s’mores bar, face-painting (6:30-8:30 pm), safe trick-or-treating, and screening of the 1988 horror/comedy movie “Beetlejuice.” In addition, actors with North Springs Charter High School offer tours of...

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I-285’s 50th anniversary marked in Perimeter Mall exhibit

The I-285 highway’s official 50th birthday will be marked with a traveling history exhibit that debuts Oct. 13-19 at Dunwoody’s Perimeter Mall. Known as the Perimeter, the 64-mile-long beltway around Atlanta opened in sections in the 1960s. The final piece opened on Oct. 15, 1969. The highway underwent major expansions in the following decades. The Georgia Department of Transportation is currently rebuilding the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange in Perimeter Center and has controversial – and now delayed – plans to add toll lanes in another massive expansion. Organized by GDOT, the exhibit includes photos of I-285 in its debut and...

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Public comment sought for MARTA Police accreditation

The MARTA Police Department is undergoing an independent review to renew its accreditation, and public comments are being accepted as part of the process. Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies are conducting the review, which will look at how well the police department matches industry standards. Public comment will be accepted in person or by phone during two-hour periods on Oct. 15, or by mail. Comments by phone will be accepted Oct. 15, 1-3 p.m., by calling 404-848-4992. In-person comments can be given at a public information session Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the MARTA...

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